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Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune holds Change of Command

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune will host a Change of Command ceremony on August 15. (Source: WECT) Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune will host a Change of Command ceremony on August 15. (Source: WECT)
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Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune will host a Change of Command ceremony on August 15.

Captain David A. Lane, commanding officer of NHCL, will relinquish command to Capt. Rick Freedman during a time-honored military tradition that formally recognizes full transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Lane, a 1981 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, assumed the duties of commanding officer of NHCL in June 2012 and immediately oversaw the continued ground breaking Phase one of a $78 million construction project for the hospital. Part of Phase one included constructing an additional 109,000 sqft. to the facility resulting  in the current  Outpatient Clinic Wing, while 200,000 sqft. of the existing hospital is still being renovated.

Freedman is reporting to the NHCL from his post as executive officer, U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, where he oversaw the facility's historic transition to its new location aboard Camp Foster. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Freedman attended a combined academic program at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Doctorate in Medical Dentistry and shortly after commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps.

The ceremony will take place at Wounded Warrior Pavilion, Wounded Warrior Complex, Recovery Way at 10 a.m. Aug. 15.

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